Autumn begins with the commencement of Navratri a well-known Hindu festival to celebrate Goddess Durga. All over India, people come together and pay their respects by fasting, playing Dandiya and Garba.
The Navratri dates are decided according to the lunar calendar and it is said that the starting of spring and autumn is lucky to worship Goddess Durga. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil. Navratri is celebrated in different parts of the country in various ways. The celebration which continues for nine days worships the forms of Goddess Durga which signifies different powers. Each day is dedicated to each avatar of Goddess Durga, day one starts with worshipping Mata Shailputri who is the said to be the companion of Lord Shiva and is the one who embodies the divine trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh. Day two is about Bhramacharini, day three is about Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skanda Mata, Katyayani, Kalratri and the ninth day is dedicated to Siddhidatri.
The Navratri culminates with the celebration of Vijaydashmi, and a vegetarian celebratory feast, along with traditional prasad.